Mt Toubkal Long Weekend

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Challenging weekend conquering the highest peak in North Africa

Mt Toubkal, known locally as Jebel Toubkal, stands 4167m above sea level and commands superb panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains. This trek is an energetic way to spend a long weekend with just three days in the mountains to approach, summit and descend the highest peak in North Africa. Passing through a Berber village we gain an insight into the life and traditions of these hardy and friendly mountain people. After our trek we return to exotic Marrakech to explore this vibrant and colourful city. 


  • A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Magnificent panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Spend some time in lively Marrakech for sightseeing and shopping 
  • 2 leaders on all walking days for groups of 11 or more

Key information

  • 2 nights 3-star hotel with en suite rooms, 1 night gite and 1 night refuge with basic shared facilities
  • 3 days point-to-point walking with full porterage 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Free transfers to meet any flight
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Crampons may be needed for April and October departures 
  • Countries visited: Morocco

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer by private minibus
  • Crampons if needed

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Walking & Trekking

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour


High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/6.8miles
Day 320.9km/13.0miles
Day 43.21km/2.0miles

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use accommodations that are locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce wherever possible. Our small group size allows us to support smaller hotels and restaurants that do not usually benefit from mass tourism, bringing a positive impact on the overall employment levels and economy in the region.

When in Marrakech and if time permits, we strongly encourage clients to have a traditional Moroccan meal at Amal non-profit café. The Amal café is a non-profit dedicated to empowering women from disadvantaged backgrounds through restaurant training and job placement to enhance their capabilities and learn new skills. With initial funding from Exodus Travels, match funded by a US charity, Global Pearls, we managed to donate £11,600 to Amal allowing them to sponsor the training of 3 bright young women to have a chance to receive proper training and start a career in cooking and restaurant training.

Further in the Atlas Mountains, Exodus Travels, In conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, has supported the development of Tijhza by supplying a pipeline system and water tower to the village and a toilet block for the school. Tijhza also now has electricity and an annual medical clinic, providing a huge positive effect on the welfare of the village. We also achieved our aim of building a Hammam to alleviate some of the hygiene issues in the area and to provide a sustainable source income for many locals. Unfortunately, devastating storms struck in November 2014, leaving much of the village severely damaged. We were able to raise emergency funding to provide supplies and to re-build many of the homes affected.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here


  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to independently explore this wonderfully colourful city.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning transfer to Imlil; short walk to Arroumd for lunch. Afternoon walk to Toubkal Base Camp refuge

    After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to Imlil. Continuing on foot from here to Arroumd which is a short walk of approximately one hour. After lunch, we follow winding mule tracks for another 5 hours. This is a stunning walk through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing on to Toubkal Base Camp (3207m) for dinner. 

    Les Muflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Early ascent of Toubkal, return to the refuge for lunch and continue to Arroumd

    We start very early for our Toubkal ascent (4am), walking over rocky paths as there is less vegetation at this altitude. There are long sections of scree, where the climb becomes challenging due to the loose rock.  Once we pass the 4000m point, we can appreciate the magnificent panoramic views across the tranquil valleys and lower summits of the High Atlas Range. The achievement of standing on the summit is unforgettable and the views from the summit are simply magnificent. To the north we can see the fertile plains of the Magreb and Marrakech, and to the south, the wild rugged landscape of the pre-Sahara. All around us are the many jagged peaks of the High Atlas stretching into the distance.

    We descend to the refuge for lunch, then continue our descent to Arroumd and our gite for the night. This is a long but extremely rewarding day of walking.

    Hotel Aremd or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech

    The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.

    Please note in 2020, the guided tour will no longer be included. The day in Marrakech after the return will be free. 

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    End Marrakech.

    For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



No visa required by British passport holders.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.


In Spring and Autumn, Marrakech is warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30ºC) with pleasantly cool nights. In the High Atlas the sun is strong but the air is cool and the nights can be cold. Mornings are clear but cloud in the afternoon is usual, often bringing showers and occasional storms. During the summer months, Marrakech is very hot (33 - 42ºC), as are some of the lower valleys of the High Atlas. At medium altitudes the days will be hot and the nights warm. Only at 3000m+, when it will be cold, will you require warm clothing. During the summer, the sky should be clear but as in all mountain areas the weather can be unpredictable and late August/September and October can have some stormy weather and be very wet and cold at times. Rain can be experienced on all treks, usually showers but sometimes storms. In April/May and occasionally in October there may be a little snow lying at the higher altitudes. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech.

Winter Departures Only

Marrakech is likely to be warm (rather than hot) during the day, and a little chilly at night. In the mountains expect temperatures to vary from 10 or so degrees in the sun during the day, to below freezing out of the sun and at night. Any warmth provided by the sun soon goes after the sun disappears behind the mountains in the late afternoon. Heavy snowfall, rain and storms can be expected in the mountains during winter, but they are normally reasonably short-lived. Although it would be unusual to experience more than two days in a row of bad weather, you should be prepared for all conditions. If there is a stable high pressure over the mountains in winter, which is common, we will enjoy clear, cold crisp days, and nights with temperatures dropping well below freezing. The first snows often come in late October or early November, but some years can see little snow cover up to December.

Is this trip for you?

This is a short but challenging trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. Although not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker, as trails can be very stony. Most routes follow mule trails but there are some rough paths that involve walking on scree. All 3 days walking include full porterage and you should be prepared for a long day of walking on summit day (8-9 hours). The temperature at a particular time of year can make a difference to how tough this trek feels.

Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Be prepared as well for some stormy weather during the summer. There can be snow patches in late April/early May and from the end of September so crampons may be needed for these departures. We will advise no more than two weeks before departure if extra equipment (such as crampons) is necessary.

Altitude Warning - This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. One night is spent over 3000m in the most basic mountain refuge throughout the trip, which is understandable given its remote location.

Our hotel in Marrakech is of a good standard and has a swimming pool to help relax after a challenging trek. If you would like more time to acclimatise, then please see our week-long itinerary - Mt Toubkal Climb (trip code: TMM). Alternatively, for a more strenuous trek including an introduction of how to use crampons and ice axe, try our Mt Toubkal Winter Climb (trip code: TMW). 

Please note Ramadan runs from 5th May - 4th June 2019 and 23rd April to 23rd May 2020 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at sundown.


Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Hotels, Gite & Refuge

In Marrakech we will spend 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with en suite rooms, and a small swimming pool.  We enjoy one night in a cosy family run gite, with good sized room and shared facilities and a large roof terrace with views up to Toubkal. At Basecamp, you will stay in large mixed sex dormitory-style rooms with basic facilities, but there is hot running water and showers and a small shop selling soft drinks and snacks. 

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
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Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2019
    Jodie Boldy

    Great trip if limited amount of time

    Great trip to do with a limited amount of time, but due to limited amount of time you have a pretty gruelling day on day 2 of the walk

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of course

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was nice and informative, perhaps a little serious, I love a bit of banter but a great guide all the same

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can do the longer Toubkal trip I would. Day 2 of the walk was really long and tiring, coming down is hard work with the loose scree and as we came in July due to a milestone birthday,it was absolutly baking hot

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had the airport transfers in with the trip but our return transfer did not turn up, we had parted ways with the group and guide that morning as they were all on earlier flights. Ended up having to get a taxi which we had to pay for arriving at Marrakech airport (notorious for how hectic it is) a little later than planned. I have contacted exodus about this a couple of times but they have yet to reply to me.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Louise Swiggs


    My daughter asked me to join her on this trip in preparation for her trek to Everest Base Camp. It was hard but amazing in equal measure and I’m so glad I did it! Keeping positive and being part of a great team are key to completing the trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sense of pride at reaching the summit was immense. Having not had much sleep the previous few nights and then the unexpected heavy snow made the achievement even more worthwhile. If you are lucky to get a clear sky at the top, like we were, the views are breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lahcen was fantastic - patient and kind and we felt completely safe with him. We had a 2nd guide, Mohammed, at the back of our team of 8 on the summit day who was equally great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It took us 6hrs (with breaks) on the 1st day to get to the Refuge. It felt like we would never get there! Due to the unexpected snow we were given crampons at the Refuge but thankfully it wasn’t icy so we didn’t need them. The timings of the summit day were longer than the itinerary suggested so I began to have doubts but dug deep and made it! We got up at 3am, left at 4 and reached the summit at 8. Magnificent 🎉 We spent about 45mins at the top taking pictures, snacking and taking in the scenery. It took 3.5hrs to get back down to the Refuge for a hearty lunch then a further 3.5hrs to make the final descent to the gite for the night. This last bit was draining but you know you are on the final stretch. Bring snacks but there are lots of places to stop en route to the Refuge. Our group did not have any problems with altitude sickness. The guides walk at a gentle pace which helps you acclimatise.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A head torch and warm clothes needed for the Refuge which is very basic with limited lighting and heating only in the communal room.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Graham Seals

    Mount Toubkal 2018

    The trip was well organised and everything went to plan. The travel and trek information and description was informative and correct. There were no unpleasant surprises. I would personally rate the trek a 6 in difficulty due to the 8 hour trek on the first day and the 13 hour trek on summit day as well as the snow we encountered 700metres from the summit. I would also like to say just how good our tour guide Larchen was. He was very friendly and extremely helpful and professional in every way. This really helped the actual trek run smoothly and made it so enjoyable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit, a magical moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As stated above, Very very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes. Be prepared for very changeable weather, hot weather at the foot of the mountain, heavy rain and cold and snow on route to the summit during September. The Refuge will be very very basic, with no heating and limited power for lighting

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • Reviewed September 2018
    Danielle Clifton

    Mount Toubaki

    We love this experience, it was challenging however so insightful to be immersed into another culture and to experience a trek through the Atlas Mountains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to base camp

    What did you think of your group leader?


    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for night time climbing
  • Reviewed July 2018

    Amazing trip in an incredible country

    Had never been to Morocco before and I must admit it took me by surprise. I'm not sure what I expected really but it was so much more than my expectations; I'll certainly be back. I arrived in Marrakech the evening before the normal arrival day, Exodus booking me into the arrival hotel and arranged transfer from the airport which simplified things. Climbing Mount Toubkal itself is a fear challenge in such a short time and I was worried about my fitness. Abdul, our guide, though insisted we all took it slowly; which we did, and we made it. It's tough, but entirely doable. Loved the stay on the mountain in the mountain hut, though didn't sleep much, which meant the 3am rise was actually a relief. Heading off in the darkness, with just the small patch of light created by your head torch is an amazing experience, only beaten by standing at the summit. The quality o food on the trip was amazing, given we were on the side of a mountain. Lovely, fresh food and lots of it; believe me you will need it on summit day. After the long descent we'd have eaten most out of house and home, but there was more than enough to satisfy us all.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Setting off in the darkness, in my own little bubble of my head torch light.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdul was incredible. Always smiling, chatty and proud of his country. He talked to us about his country and its customs, his life but was also interested in ours. He couldn't do enough for us all throughout the trip. Dinner in Marrakech on the final evening was amazing and he's a pretty good singer.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A water bladder is very useful; I actually had a bladder and a water bottle, the bottle I regularly topped up whenever possible. Head torch is essential for the early morning climb. A wide brimmed sunhat, or something which covers your neck, and suncream also. I would also recommend walking poles.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great first experience with Exodus, it won't be my last. Very smooth and using local guides really gives a feel for the country, which in my view will always make it a better experience.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Julia Porter

    Brilliant weekend

    A brilliant adventure, and all in a weekend!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Obviously getting to the top, but the walk through villages, drinking tea in small hostels along the way, and the views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hesham was a great leader, tolerant and friendly who would go that extra mile for us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Exodus as usual took care of everything, so much to pack in to a short space of time. I wondered if the tour of Marrakesh would prove too much but was really interesting, again so much to see but makes me want to go back!
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Susie Morton

    Beautiful but brutal (on the legs)

    A whirl wind trip with amazing memories! Amazing scenery, welcoming locals, a fun group and a mountain worth conquering!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to the top!! The altitude on such a short trip (up and down the mountain) does play a factor on this trip, so making it to the top felt a huge achievement. The views were breath taking, literally!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aziz was an excellent leader - very well organised, calm and coped well with a large group with differing abilities/needs. Aziz also had an excellent team around him, we were well looked after by the full team and the food was fantastic (both in terms of quality and quantity).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even though this is just a weekend trip, don't underestimate how exhausting it will be. My fitness levels were ok but I would have enjoyed this trip a little more had I trained a wee bit more beforehand. That said, everyone had sore legs the day after the climb, it's a long ascent/descent day! Change money at the airport in Marrakech (after security but before going through to landside) as you can't change money at the hotel. Or use ATMs near hotel (which we did without any issues). Consider doing the trip in early April to get the chance to climb on snow (without it being full on winter) for me having to use crampons added to the fun of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's great to see exodus offering weekend mountain breaks. Definitely consider this trip if your time is tight but also consider doing the 8 day trip if you've got the time available - I'd have loved to have stopped to explore more of Morocco, even for an extra day or two.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Joseph Mateo

    An inspirational climb up Mount Toubkal

    If you're seeking a challenge and awe inspiring scenery, this climb is hard to beat. Easily reached from the centre of Marrakesh you get a real sense of the region, it's beauty and it's Berber heritage. This is my fifth time in Marrakesh and this climb has been the most memorable of all my visits and one that I'll remember in future years.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being above the clouds is pretty damn spectacular. The experience is quite surreal as you've had to concentrate on the climb, putting one foot in front of the other for hours. All that is forgotten in a moment as you see your first glimpse of sunlit mountains surrounding you and cloud below. An awe inspiring sight and a real privilege to have been able to set foot on that ground. If you can do that, you can do anything.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was amazing. Never stopped smiling throughout the trip. He ensured we were all safe and taken care of at every stage.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For the night at basecamp I would definitely take ear plugs with you as sleeping quarters are cosy and some people talk in their sleep...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Doing this trip has given me a real craving to do more of them. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Louise Gilchrist

    Mount Toubkal - long weekend

    I absolutely loved my trip, which included the relaxed delights of Marrakech (sitting on a roof terrace drinking mint tea and visiting a beautiful tiled hammam) and lung-busting strenous walking and scambling to the summit of Mount Toubkal. I'm so grateful for the wonderful guides who helped me during the stay, particularly Abdi who held my hand and helped me get up and down the moutain! I'm also really grateful to the other members of our group who were funny, inspiring and kind.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    About half way up Mount Toubkal, turning round and seeing the sun slowly illuminating the slopes below: one by one they turned from black to orange and suddenly we found ourselves illuminated in the blazing African sunshine. It was a strange sensation - as we were so high up, the air still feel cool and chilly so I kept my woolly hat on!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Just amazing. Our group leader was my cousin Jae and our main guide was Abdul. Both were wonderful - patient, kind, encouraging and they worked really long hours to make sure everyone on the trip was having the best possible time. Thank you Jae and Abdul.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get as fit as possible - I wouldn't have made it to the top without lots of help from Abdi! Also, bring walking poles. And I'd recommend buying some goodies from Mrs Mills Bakes Cakes to help you keep your energy up!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to say thank you again - I'm going to remember this trip for years and years...
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jennifer Mullen

    The top of North Africa!

    I took part in a private group's 5 day trip climbing up Toubkal. From the moment you start climbing up through the Berber villages, traversing walnut tree groves and zigzagging into the hills, you are won over by the beauty of the Atlas mountains. Make no mistake, you have to work hard for the views, therefore sturdy boots and plenty of water are essential. Read the trip notes, as items such as a head torch are also non negotiable (I suspect the lady I saw wearing Ugg boots probably wasn't an Exodus customer, as they gave us excellent preparation advice on what not to wear!). This jouney will challenge you physically and you do need a good level of fitness. Some parts are a bit rough, such as scrambling over boulders and scree, but the view from the top is breathtaking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I'm not a religious person at all, but watching one of the guides quietly praying on a rock surrounded by dawn mountains felt like I was inside a Khaled Hosseini novel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdul was a legend with his local knowledge, patience and cheeky smile. Mohammad set the pace on the way could tell he had done the climb 450 times!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit, break in new hiking boots well in advance and don't forget to sun screen your neck (1 week later mine still matches my fuschia bedroom curtains!)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus genuinely go the extra mile to give their customers the best possible experience. The passion and knowledge of their staff are outstanding.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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